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Pak vs Eng Watch: Azhar Ali Walks Back One Last Time As Pakistan Cricket Test Batsman

2022/12/21
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Azhar Ali has been representing Pakistan Cricket in Tests since 2010. He made the call on his red-ball career before the start of the third Test in Karachi.

Pak vs Eng Watch: Azhar Ali Walks Back One Last Time As Pakistan Cricket Test Batsman

The right-handed batter scored 45 and 0 in the first and second inning of the match, respectively.

Speaking to media earlier, the 37-year-old said that he dreamt of playing 100 Tests for the country, but he felt it was about time for him to make way for a youngster.

After Jack Leach dismissed him on a duck, the England Cricket players, including their captain Ben Stokes, were quick to shake the batsman’s hand and applaud him as he walked back.

The Pakistan Cricket team players gave him a befitting guard of honour. Azhar Ali could be seen getting teary-eyed as his wife and son looked over at him heading back to the pavilion for the last time in whites.

Pak vs Eng Spotlight 1: Azhar Ali's ride on the international stage

The batting legend has been Pakistan Cricket’s go-to player in the red-ball arena ever since his debut. He has, however, been an in and out of the ODI squad, but no Pakistan fan could forget his timely contributions up the order whenever the team needed.

The 2017 Champions Trophy final was one of them where he scored a vital half century to help Pakistan Cricket beat the Virat Kohli-led India and lift the trophy.

Azhar Ali averages a whopping 42.5 in Tests. Having played 96 Tests, Azhar Ali amassed over 7,000 runs with 19 tons and 35 half-centuries. He has a highest score of 302* not out.

Pak vs Eng Spotlight 1: Azhar Ali's ride on the international stage

Towards the edge of his career, it is fair to say that Azhar Ali’s form declined a little. In the recent series at home, he was unable to impress the fans against Australia and England Cricket. He got decent starts to his knocks, but was unable to capitalize on it.

It is likely to see either left-handed batsman Fawad Alam or former Pakistan Cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed take up his spot for a while in Tests.

The PCB is also likely to promote Agha Salman up the order, to fill Azhar Ali’s shoes.

Pak vs Eng Spotlight 2: England Cricket Nearing A Historic White Wash

After stopping Pakistan Cricket at just 216 in the third inning of the game, the visitors are now chasing a meager target of 167 in the third and final Test of the series.

Only Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel showed resistance, scoring a half-century each to give the hosts a chance, but none of the other batters stepped up to the task.

This will be a historic win for England Cricket if they can win this game and clinch a 3-0 clean sweep over Babar Azam’s unit on their first visit to Pakistan Cricket in 17 years.

England Cricket beat Pakistan Cricket by 74 runs in Rawalpindi, a pitch that the ICC deemed “below average”. This was mainly because the pitch was extremely flat, and had nothing for the bowlers.

Pak vs Eng Spotlight 2: England Cricket Nearing A Historic White Wash

Stokes and co still managed to get all 20 wickets in the game.

In the second game, the visitors were caught up in a controversial situation where the umpire gave Pakistan Cricket batter Saud Shakeel out despite one of the on-field cameras indicating that the ball may have been touching the ground when keeper Ollie Pope tried to catch it.

England Cricket were given the favour of the doubt and the fall of Saud’s wicket meant that England Cricket only had the tail to deal with. They went on to win by 26 runs.

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